Did Matt Bomer lose out on the Superman ‘Man of Steel’ role because he’s gay?

Matt Bomer

A few years ago, Matt Bomer discussed how he screen tested for the role of Superman back when Brett Ratner was the leading contender to helm the upcoming reboot. Apparently, the guy was in the full tights and costume regalia and eveything (swoon), and I think Matt would have made a great Superman even though he obviously would have needed to bulk up substantially for the film. Then the reboot switched directions and directors (while Superman became a former longshoreman), and another actor was ultimately chosen for the role, which isn’t a big deal because stuff like this happens in Hollywood all the time. Besides, everyone loves Matt Bomer, right?

Well, it turns out that the studio (Warner Bros Pictures) making Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel (allegedly) doesn’t love Matt Bomer. This little tidbit comes from (oddly enough) novelist Jackie Collins, who mentioned in an interview that Bomer was in fact the man for the job until the studio started to worry about casting a gay man as Superman. So the role went to Henry Cavil and his non-CGI abs, which is slightly amusing because Cavill was once mistaken for Bomer by one of our photo agencies. They do look similar even if one is a Brit and one hails from the States. I have to wonder where Collins is getting her information on this slight of Bomer, but it could be true, and it’s not like he’d say anything about it in public anyway. Bomer is too classy for that. Here’s the lowdown:

Matt Bomer

Romantic novelist Jackie Collins claims US actor Matt Bomer was refused the role of Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel movie because he is gay.

Collins says it’s “tremendously hard” for Hollywood actors to come out and cites Matt Bomer as an example of how a star’s sexuality can adversely affect his or her career.

“Matt Bomer, who is the most gorgeous looking guy and the star of ‘White Collar,’ he was up for the role of Superman,” she said during an interview with Gaydar Radio.

“He had not come out of the closet but people in the know knew he was gay. His audition tape went in and he called up the agent. Someone didn’t like him and told them he was gay. They said, ‘No, no, we can’t cast you.’ The reason he didn’t get cast was because he was gay.

“I think it should change but there are women out there who want to worship somebody. If Justin Bieber said he was gay, he’d lose all his little girl fans. It’s a sad fact of life. So a lot of them get married, have a couple of kids and pretend to be straight.”

The glamorous author, who is promoting her latest book The Power List, also discussed US politics. She slammed both major parties, slamming the Republicans for their ‘ridiculous’ views on gay people and blasted Obama for not doing enough for LGBT rights.

“Obama only came out (in support of gay marriage) and said something because he was forced to,” she said. “He kind of slid out to say that and then has never mentioned it again since because he doesn’t want to lose a certain group of voters.”

Collins added: “I want the Democrats to stay out of my pocket books and I want the Republicans to stay out of my bedroom.”

[From Gay Star News]

Honestly, there were so many Hollywood dudes up for the role (including good-looking idiot Joe Manganiello — can you imagine?), and I’m sure a huge number of factors went into the decision of who should play the latest incarnation of Superman. I would hope that the filmmakers didn’t nix Bomer as a possibility merely because he’s gay, but I’m sure Warner Bros Pictures took that into consideration too because they wouldn’t want to lose any potential ticket sales from the close-minded crowd. Not that sexual orientation really matters when a character is wearing tights as part of his costume, right?

On the Justin Bieber thing, who knows if the kid is really gay — I tend to think that he isn’t, but that’s just my take on him. Of course he would lose some female fans if he ever came out as gay because those girls would be crushed that they could no longer dream of marrying him. If he had a fanbase actually based on talent (which he doesn’t), then maybe it would be different. As far as I can tell, most of Bomer’s fans are aware of his respective talent level, so his career is still trucking along mightily regardless of his sexuality.

Matt Bomer

Matt Bomer

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  1. Apples says:

    “Collins added: ‘I want the Democrats to stay out of my pocket books and I want the Republicans to stay out of my bedroom.”

    Jackie Collins: still awesome.

    • Victoria says:

      +++1 absolutely well put

    • Micki says:

      I loved it too. She summed up every Republican and Democratic Party around the Globe in one sentence.

      • Skipper says:

        They are only in America. Not around the globe.

      • Micki says:

        I know that.What I meant was that in every country there is a party left and right of the “middle”, regardless what the actual names are. Only they behave in a similar way.

    • Lily says:

      Fantastic sentence from Jackie. And Bomer? He is cute and handsome but he doesn’t have the “it” factor.

    • Raven says:

      Not in my book. Another greedy hollywood phony who should go back to Britain.

    • ZAZU says:

      So what should Obama do? He is for Equal rights for gays and he repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell! I would say that is a big deal. They rest is up to States.

      Here is a problem. Superman is seen as a Family institution. If they ever put a Gay actor all those Family Values people would be up in arms. Also – The whole idea is fantasy, if the women can’t feel that they have a shot with SUperman, then it is a loss of MONEY $$$$$$. Money talks Bull$hit walks.

      So it is not they he is gay, but that he doesn’t represent what they need to keep woman fantasizing over the franchise.

      Why would you fantasize about a man you know will never desire you? Even though there is a 1 in 100 million chance of ever encountering RPATZ, the fantasy is real because if you ever meet him, you stand a chance. THAT IS THE POINT!

  2. Phil E Stein says:

    But I thought being gay, at least in the media, was socially acceptable these days.

    • Minty says:

      The media is not the general public. The movie/TV industry depends on the spending habits of the public because people can dictate content. If people don’t watch your show or buy tickets to see your movie, you’re not making money.

      There are plenty of ignorant or bigoted people in America. Homophobia, though not as overt and socially acceptable as it was in the past, is alive and well. Last year, I remember hearing that One Million Moms group say they would stop shopping at JCPenney’s because Ellen DeGeneres was the spokesperson in their commercials. Just because she’s a lesbian. JCPenney defended Ellen but that’s not always the case. Other companies bow to public pressure, even if that pressure comes from a minority opinion. Thank goodness there are many who don’t care about her orientation, because what matters is that she’s funny, talented, charitable, and seems to be a really decent person.

      Still, there are enough out there who would make a stink on the flimsiest of reasons and advertisers don’t want to upset them. So, as much as gay celebrities have a bigger presence in the spotlight, gays are certainly not accepted by a good chunk of the population. The fact that gay marriage is not legal in most of the states clearly illustrates that.

      I can easily believe that Matt was rejected for the role because he’s gay. Money is the bottom line for the studios and they want to sell tickets to as many groups as possible, social equality be damned.

      • MerryHappy says:

        Omm was slightly hilarious, as there were only like 47,000 of them. They’re missing 953,000 members to be even A million moms, let alone multiple millions. But their intentions freak me the f#ck out.

  3. dooliloo says:

    WHAT??? Good grief that man even gay I happen to have the wildest fantasies about him! And yes he and Cavill “kinda” look alike but Bomer is damn close to perfection looks wise. Well now I’m imagining him as Clark/Superman he’d have looked good. Oh well..

    Hahaha no I don’t believe Bieber is gay, he’s just unfortunate to grow up with feminine features and trying hard to be a man by showing biceps on a front cover magazine and saying in the interview that he feels manly only makes it hilarious altogether!

    • Miss Kiki says:

      Did you see him in Magic Mike? I nearly fainted every time he was on, even with the limited screen time he ha.

      FYI you’re totally on my sh*t list. I read on the Hiddles thread about your antics at the London film festival, I’m still drenched in jealousy.

      • Irishae says:

        Soo yummy in Magic Mike, I agree. Don’t care if he’s gay, a girl can dream.

      • KelBear says:

        I was totally looking at the other guys in the movie more than Tatum. Matt’s Hott!

      • dooliloo says:

        @ Miss Kiki @ Irishae @ KelBear

        In his thong… *____*

        @ Miss Kiki, well I’m still reeling from it myself 😀

        (just in case… hand OFF my Hiddleston!)

  4. Vee says:

    I love Matt. He was fantastic in Magic Mike. I would be saddened if he did not get the part on being gay, but truly, while he has a gorgeous face, he is too small. Henry Cavill is much larger and a much better fit for Superman.

    • kco says:

      That’s very true. So hot, but like, 5’8 give or take an inch. He’s got a small frame, Henry is a big and burly man. I remember Henry saying in an interviewer that during the screen test, they all wore the original superman costume. Christopher Reeve’s original costume. I would think that one would need to be able to fill that out…

      • Kinny says:

        Met matt twice, he’s 5.11 just shy of me at 6.1 and very athletic body, so no, not small by any stretch. Not sure where you get you info but its wrong!

  5. Seagulls says:

    He’s not to m tastes, but if he really lost the role for being gay, that’s disgusting. I’m well aware discrimination still happens, but so overtly?

  6. Maritza says:

    I’d say Henry Cavill is a rougher version of Mat Bomer. Mat is a beautiful man.

    • Elle says:

      Ironically, I think Henry Cavill looks older than Matt Bomer even though Bomer is several years older than Cavill. Cavill is 29 years old but I would easily put him at mid 30’s. That’s not a bad thing. He’s just very mature looking.

      The Superman actor Matt Bomer most closely resembles in the FACE is Tom Welling. Of course, Tom Welling is also like 6’4” and a huge man. But facially, Tom Welling and Bomer resemble each other more.

  7. Danny says:

    This is not true.
    Christopher Nolan, producer of Man of Steel insisted on Henry Cavill and the director Zack Snyder said in an interview they tested 5 actors in Christopher Reeve’s original costume and only Cavill looked believable and he gave the best audition.

    Bomer is too short and has a slight build to play Superman.

    • Mia 4S says:

      The story actually relates to the Bryan Singer movie a few years ago that starred Brandon Routh. Matt was Brett Ratner’s favourite for the role, then Ratner got replaced. It has nothing to do with the Zach Snyder one.

      Whatever happened to Brandon Routh?

      • Miss Kiki says:

        I was wondering about him just the other day. The last thing I can remember seeing in him post Superman was the Scott Pilgrim film with Michael Cera.

        Also am I the only one who didn’t totally hate Superman returns?

      • Naye in VA says:

        I could be wrong but i think he has a new show on NBC? called Partners? With Sophia Bush? I could be very wrong. that may not even be him

      • Miss Kiki says:

        No you’re right, I just checked his IMDB page. I’m glad he’s still working, I felt really bad for him after Superman Returns.

      • Elle says:

        Brandon Routh got such a raw deal with Superman Returns. He did nothing wrong. He’s a great guy and it wasn’t his fault. (Also, as much as I didn’t love Superman Returns, the movie didn’t flop. It actually made about the same amt. as Batman Begins and probably deserved a sequel.)

        The biggest problem with Superman Returns was Kate bosworth. She was much too young to play Lois Lane and she wasn’t a strong enough actress to take on such an iconic character. Lois is too important to the franchise and an actress who was too young and didn’t have enough depth made it really difficult for people to connect. But Brandon did nothing wrong.

        He’s on a new TV show Partners now and he’s basically playing Clark Kent as a gay man on the show. He’s funny and cute. I wish him the best.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I hope that’s not true, but honestly wouldn’t be surprised if it is. No one ever accused Hollywood executives of being smart and reasonable.

  9. Kim says:

    I’m sure JC has a lot of friends in Hollywood who are producers,agents etc that gossip a lot to her about casting roles. A lot of people still see Gay men as not real men.A lot of that will change when more Gay men who aren’t pretty like Matt,Anderson, NPH come out. I think it will change a lot when some professional football players or other athletes come out since to many pro sports epitomizes masculinity.JMO

  10. T.C. says:

    I’m wondering how would she know this information. Is she a close friend of Matt’s.

    • j.eyre says:

      This is what I was asking myself. It almost reads like an excuse for her to discuss her political platform.

      I thought his White Collar schedule played a factor in him not getting the part?

      Both he and Cavill are beautiful and great choices for Superman. I do think Cavill had the more iconic build, though.

    • Deb says:

      She said in intwerview that Bomer lives down the street from friend of hers.

    • what?! says:

      Also her remarks on women and especially girls are ignorant at best. In regards to Bieber, a lot of his fans WANT him to be gay-i guess this woman has never heard of “slash” fiction.

      I imagine Bomer’s casting would not damage him-at least with female fans. no this is more about hollywood being behind the times with society and using said soceity to justify its bigotry.

  11. Naye in VA says:

    Offtopic: Can I confess to the Beiber fever? It didn’t hit me until “As Long as You Love Me” then I went back and heard “Somebody to Love” and I have since made other friends, male female, young and old, nerd and gansgta confess as well. I know i’m not alone out here lol.

    • Gracie says:

      Methinks you are…he’s the one celeb I’ve consistently disliked ever since he came out (no pun intended) i find his whole “ghetto wannabe gangster crossover act) offensive, but hes finally fading into obscurity, so here’s to wishful thinking 🙂 *crosses fingers*

    • MoxyLady007 says:

      I am 30 and love his songs. His creepy little face and antics not so much. His music, heck yes!

      • keats says:

        While I was getting ready, i was making Bieber faces into the mirror. that dumb thing he does with his eyebrows is GOLD.

  12. Mia 4S says:

    This story is more than a bit off so you may want to do some editing. Ratner was involved YEARS ago, the movie he missed out on is not the one Cavill is doing, but the one that cast Brandon Routh. The director involved was Bryan Singer (openly gay).

    Look I love Matt, he’s gorgeous and talented, but body type wise he is too small for Superman in my opinion.

  13. GoodCapon says:

    It’s too bad, but then again Brandon Routh was Superman several years back and his career hasn’t really skyrocketed eh?

    But I do hope the time will come where his career will get a major boost. He didn’t get to showcase his acting chops in Magic Mike (not that I’m complaining ;)) and White Collar isn’t really that popular, sad to say.

  14. Miss Bennett says:

    He’s gorgeous! Too bad he’s married. Can you imagine him with Robert Pattinson? I’d ship it.

  15. Lauli says:

    Henry Cavill is gay as well. Probably HC gave the best audition.

    • Kim says:

      GAY? Did his fiance Ellen Whitaker know he is gay?

    • Christina says:

      Yeah, I’d also heard gay rumours about Cavill. Then again, there’s barely an actor out there who hasn’t been rumoured to be gay at one point or another.

    • LucyOriginal says:

      yeap. Hence, the photos of him with his male friends online that many people tried to discuss as proof. I am getting tired of all this discussion about people’s sexuality. I don’t discuss with anyone I am straight, why they have to discuss they are not? By the way, these blind items should be banned.

      Both are handsome and talented.

      • Lauli says:

        I have no problem in discussing sexual orientation, as long as it’s done respectfully. Plus, I believe that visibility is very important for gay rights, btw this is one of my favourite quote:
        “Every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends if indeed they are your friends. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and all. And once you do, you will feel so much better.” –Harvey Milk

      • andy says:

        Has HC said he is gay? Nope, just speculation on your part. Please don’t use blind items or internet bs as proof of someone’s sexuality.

        There is nothing respectful about “outing” someone. No one owes YOU details about their sex lives. Those in the press and public who want to “out” people are as disgusting as Dharun Ravi.

        No one has the right to tell others how to live their lives.

        BTW-Just because you think someone is gay doesn’t make it true.

      • Mia 4S says:

        @Lauli, that’s a nice quote…but also a questionable one. Gay men and women are still autonomous human beings, they don’t owe anyone anything. The rub of it is people should be out if they want to be. If they choose a different path that is none of my goddamn business….until they pull a Travolta (keep it consenting!). This constant speculation on the internet about blind items and innuendo (every actor is gay, there’s proof, I read it, I can tell!) is silly and helps no one.

      • Lauli says:

        Everyone is entitled to his opinions and clearly we have a different take on the issue, but I still think that being honest on who you are is the best thing you could do. (It doesn’t matter if you are Travolta, Cavill or Clooney.)

      • LucyOriginal says:

        @Lauli: Unfortunately, it is not discussed respectfully, is it?

        If it was, especially in liberal Hollywood, why most of the homosexual actors have beards and most of the blind items are about sexuality?

      • Lauli says:

        By that logic all gossip, in general, is disrespectful.We can’t have a double standard.

      • LucyOriginal says:

        Where you draw the limits then? You can gossip about everything? Or should be all or nothing?

        I don’t see life as all or nothing. I don’t think I can apply this to every aspect of life, which includes gossip.

      • Lauli says:

        Very tough question, Lucy.
        Usually I try not to write things that I wouldn’t say “face to face”.

  16. Co says:

    It’s so sad that America is still living in the middle ages when it comes to sexual orientation.

  17. V4Real says:

    If this is true it’s so sad that there are still so many narrowed minded people in the world and Hollywood. Matt Bomer is hot and the only thing he should be judged on is his acting ability.

  18. Blue says:

    This man is so beautiful and looks so good in a suit. I’m goog to buy Magic Mike just to put his clips on replay 🙂

  19. Eve says:

    “This little tidbit comes from (oddly enough) novelist Jackie Collins, who mentioned in an interview that Bomer was in fact the man for the job until the studio started to worry about casting a gay man as Superman.”

    I KNEW IT! I so f*cking knew it. I called it (here, on Celebitchy) a while ago.


  20. Jennifer Kirkey says:

    Isn’t it possible that Cavill got the job because he’s a bigger guy and wouldn’t have to put as much effort into bulking up, where Bomer is a little less bulky and would have to put in a LOT of gym time to fit into that costume? This probably had everything to do with production schedules and suitability (no pun intended) and less to do with what the actor does in his bedroom. Sometimes when an actor gets passed over for a role, it’s because he’s just not what the director is looking for. It’s not always personal.

    • Mia 4S says:

      Again it wasn’t the Cavill movie he was the choice for, it was the Brandon Routh one. It was before he was even on White Collar. It’s hard to weigh the evidence because everyone is mixing up the stories. I doubt he could have been seriously considered for this up coming Superman due to his TV show. The one a few years ago? That’s another story.

      • Elle says:

        Yes. THANK YOU. Guys, this was a DIFFERENT MOVIE. It’s very misleading to say that he lost out on Man of Steel. It’s NOT THE SAME MOVIE.

        Matt Bomer was attached to Superman FlyBy YEARS ago even before Superman Returns went into production. And, from what i understand, he was basically CAST. The movie fell through for other reasons none of which had to do with HIM personally.

        The only shared connection here between Cavill and Bomer is, ironically, Amy Adams. Bomer has stated a few times that Amy Adams read for Lois Lane with him as Superman and that he thought she was incredible in the reading and he hoped they would cast her. They did cast her. It just wasn’t until this latest Superman movie.

  21. Samantha says:

    Actually it was Brett Ratner who wanted Matt Bomer to play Superman but Warner execs insisted on having someone who was well known at the time.You see I would consider the information presented in Jake Rossen’s book from 2008 which centered on Hollywood’s quest for Superman to be of a more credible nature than this “by the way” statement courtesy of Jackie Collins in my humble opinion.Warner Bros even considered guys like Brendan Fraser and Keanu Reeves (LOL).Also,Brandon Routh failed the Smallville audition in 2000.If you trace back the casting nightmare surrounding Superman to the early ’00s and place it in context,you’d realize that this idea about not casting Matt had more to do with his popularity factor at the time than his personal life.Seriously,one has to question the veracity of Jackie’s claims in light of all this.

    Anyways,might I just add that I think Matt is an insanely beautiful man and it goes without saying that Simon Halls is irrevocably lucky!!!!

    • Kinny says:

      Well she is off on this one about 9 years, too much Botox maybe? Matt was only attached to the 2003 film, never the current. He stated a yer ago that he could not give up a year of filming his hit series

      • Samantha says:

        I did forget to mention that this was unfolding in 2003 and the irony of the execs wanting someone ‘famous’ is that they finally ended up with a relatively unknown Brandon Routh.I am aware that Matt has TV commitments i.e WC but I would love to see him in more movies and perhaps ones where he also happens to be one of the main characters as he definitely deserves to be recognized for his talent!Back to Superman,I think Henry Cavill will bring some much needed revival to the character and I can’t wait for June 2013,the MoS trailer looks amazing.

  22. Talie says:

    Jackie knows everything about everyone…still, all these years later. She’s well connected.

  23. Gracie says:

    This is really Off Topic but..: c’mon CB no posts about Bill Hader as Stefon’s antics on Jon Stewart’s Night of Too Many Stars? Those were priceless 🙂

  24. Lala says:

    Yeah Jackie…but when the “Dems” stay out of your “rich pockets”…the Repubs dig deeper in my “working class pockets”…History PROVES this…


    This is SO unfortunate…because I would have LOVED seeing Matt playing Superman!

  25. Shitler says:

    Typical Hollywood. & the sad thing is by casting an openly gay man in a role like this & standing by him no matter what might actually challenge people’s sterotypes & effect change. Hollywood really has the platform to make important statements in the world but they’ll rather worry about the Benjamins. Oh well maybe I see a gay James Bond in my lifetime..

  26. fabgrrl says:

    What a beautiful man. He really does look like Superman – facially anyway. Hollywood has certainly never had a problem casting gay men in leading roles – but not *openly* gay man. Shame.

  27. Elle says:

    This story is a bit inaccurately reported.

    Matt Bomer was attached a movie years ago with Brett Ratner called Superman: Flybly. The movie eventually went into production hell as was the case for many of the attempts to get a Superman movie made a few years ago.

    Bryan Singer then came along and they decided to move forward with Superman Returns. But it was a completely different movie at that point.

    Henry Cavill was a contender for Superman Returns but lost the part to Brandon Routh. Cavill was a favorite to come back and play Superman for years and he finally got the part when he was cast in Man of Steel. The story about Cavill putting on Reeve’s Superman suit is true.

    Ironically, AMY ADAMS (who will be playing Lois Lane next June) was one of the women that read for Lois Lane with Matt Bomer years ago back when they were casting Superman: Flyby.

    Bomer recently shared that he and Amy aDams had read together and that he thought she was amazing and strong as Lois Lane so it didn’t shock him that WB had gone back to get her on board to team up with Cavill in Man of Steel. Apparently, Amy Adams (much like Cavill) has been trying to play Lois Lane for a long time. (Which makes me root for her even more since she clearly loves the character.)

    I love Matt Bomer and of course I would have been thrilled if he played Superman. But it’s not quite accurate to say that he lost the part because he was gay. There were MANY factors that came into play a few years back when they were trying to get a Superman movie off the ground.

    Henry CAvill did nothing wrong here as he had nothing to do with this. Man of Steel is a separate property being produced by Chris Nolan and written by Goyer. The only shared connection between Cavill and Matt Bomer is that Amy Adams was in contention for Lois Lane both times and was cast the second time around.

    • Kim says:

      To your knowledge has any actor ,in the last ten years,lost a role because they are Gay? I’m asking you because you seen to be knowledgeable about the industry. BTW my cousin just lost a job last month at a daycare after they learned she was lesbian.A parent had a problem with her homosexual lifestyle this . happened in East TX.She can’t Sue because EEOC said sexual orientation is not covered under federal law.

      • Elle says:

        I don’t have any specific knowledge but sadly, I’m sure that people lose jobs all the time because of their sexual orientation. I don’t think it’s a secret that a vast number of people in our country still hold discriminatory views about gay people and it’s very sad and upsetting.

        I’m sure there ::are:: people who have losts jobs in Hollywood because they were gay. I have zero doubt about that. I have very little faith in humanity to not discriminate.

        It’s just that this particular situation is alot more complicated than people are making it.

        There was a several year period prior to Superman Returns coming out when several Superman movies were attempting to get off the ground. (Ironically, one of the best ones was originally written by Kevin Smith. You can still read the script online and it’s shockingly good and heartfelt. Google Kevin Smith Superman lives for a good read. Lois is a real hero in it and it’s a great story. Too bad it never got made.)

        I love Matt Bomer but I do have to be honest that I think he’s a bit too short to play Superman. He has Clark’s face and beauty but he doesn’t have his build. Henry Cavill at 6’1” is even a little short to play Superman and I imagine they are going to have to make him look looming and larger on the screen.

        But they are just totally different movies.

        The only ironic connection is that of Amy Adams. There was a time years ago when Matt Bomer and Amy Adams might have been Lois and Clark together and Bomer was in favor of that. He thought Amy was a perfect Lois Lane because she was very strong in the reading with him. Now, of course, Amy will play Lois LAne opposite Henry next year. So that’s interesting.

      • ZenB!tch says:

        If WB fired Matt Bomer because he was gay, he could sue Warner Bros. Warner Bros. is a California based company and sexual orientation is covered under the state EOE act.

        However, if the person who was in charge before Christopher Nolan (Ratner?) hired him and Christopher Nolan chose not to go with him, that is not a “firing”, he did not go with the director (Ratner?) either.

        If Henry Cavill is *really* 6’1″ that is like 6’7″ in actor height so he is more than big enough.

        I like that an actress in her late 30s will play Lois Lane against a Superman who is at most 30.

    • phoenix says:

      the employment nondiscrimination act is a federal bill that would cover fifty states. it’s still legal in 29 states to be fired for being gay.

  28. Kinny says:

    Incorrect, he expressed no interest in the current Supermn which is rumored to be another dud. His tv schedule interfered, he never placed himself in the running. He will be smart to stick to smart dramatic leading roles like his lead in The Normal Heart which requires real acting, not green screen acting action film silliness. He has the better career and name recognition without superman. The ironic part is that Henry is closeted so should be fun down the road for him as it unfolds.

  29. Lee says:

    He is just too small for this to be too big of a controversy.

  30. Jenna says:

    Matt’s superior talent, looks and class will take him far beyond a one shot Superman movie. 2 years from now it will be just another poor one time Supermen revival. Only one superman, , Christpher Reeve.

  31. Jennifer says:

    I’m glad Henry Cavill is Superman. He is more manly looking and drop dead gorgeous.

  32. hoganbcmj says:

    If we make assumptions like this based on nothing but gossip, then we just perpetuate the whole likelihood that it could. If we assume it didn’t unless otherwise proven, then we perpetuate the wonderful, crazy idea that the producers went with Cavill because he was simply the best man for the job. I’m sure they loved Bomer too. Why do we have to behave like boring, predictable sheep who always lunge at the potential of a scandal, even where there is no proof that one exists?

  33. ZenB!tch says:

    No one said Justin Bieber was gay. They said *IF* he were gay he would lose his fanbase. This is true. His fan base is 12 year old girls in love and their fantasies would be dead.

    If Brett Ratner wanted Matt Bomer, I’m glad he was passed over.

    He’s very, very good looking but he’s not hot.

    Speaking of gay and The Rat – wasn’t The Rat fired for saying something homophobic?

  34. ZAZU says:

    Henry Cavill is more Manly and Bigger in stature.. This guy is too pretty, and not manly enough.. Sorry but not his fault.

  35. Sacura says:

    Love Henry and Matt although Matt tips the scale on hotness and acting talent. He’s the next gen Paul Newman or Cary Grant. So can’t wait for The Normal Heart, leave the CGI flix to the lower tier. They really should have chosen tom Welling for this but either way will be just another forgetable reboot. Henry’s not much bigger than Matt but they will film it to make up for his stature since Superman should be about 6 foot 4.

  36. Jill says:

    He changed his last name? He got tired of people saying Boner? lol

  37. triplejabrams says:

    He lost out because he was American.

    These roles usually go to Brits or Australians who are perceived to be classier and more alpha macho by casting directors and studios – despite pretending to be American.